Bees are more important for California than you realize. Come to our April 19, 2018 EcoGreen Meeting and learn about how helpful they are. In this presentation, Beverly Turner will show a National Geographic video and provide some information on wild bees vs the common "trucked in" honey bees. Read More
Soil Health for Carbon Sequestration in the Face of Climate Change
Soil; it gets your carpets dirty, the dog tracks it into the house, but, let's look at it's benefits. Good soil is very important. It serves us well. It is our primary medium for growing our food crops. It provides a symbiotic playground for all of life on the earth. And, it can be used to sequester carbon from our atmosphere to offset climate warming. In our April 12, 2018 EGG session, Elizabeth Guimarin will provide us the latest interesting updates on the benefits of good soil. Please join us! Read More
Urban Smart & Green Views
Our cities are going to have to change to allow for sustainable living in the future. What will they look like? How will they be different? What decisions issues will have to deal with? How reved' up on technology will they be? Join us at our 3/22/18 EcoGreen Group meeting for an exploration of this topic. We will view some videos and have some discussion. Read More
Hungry? Check Out Your Backyard, Not The Store!
We are becoming a society that is losing links with our past. We focus on ease of procurement, efficiency, and things of that nature. We need to do a shift and focus more on our history, our roots, and our health. We have become so used to getting our vegetables at the supermarket. Generations ago, people relied on the land around them rather than supermarkets. The land around us is rich in wild natural plants that are not only edible but very nutritious. In our April 05, 2018 EGG meeting, we will take a look at some the wild edible treasures that surround us. We will view some great informative videos and have some discussion. Join us and learn how to identify these wonderful plants! Read More
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The poisoning of the drinking water in Flint, Michigan has created headlines nationally. Lead has been known to cause bodily damage when ingested, especially in children. But what is not known are other possible contaminants in your drinking water which not being reported in the news but should be on your radar. Hear about what man-made chemicals may be lurking in your drinking water, how they were introduced into the drinking water supply and what you can do to protect yourself. I will cover questions such as:
Learn what potable drinking water is tested for before you can drink.
How the agriculture industry shapes what might be in the water.
Why Waste Water Treatment Plants are not ready to handle what might be in our water.
How our behaviors can alter what winds up in our drinking water.
Why incidents like Flint, Michigan will not be a one-time occurrence.
Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting!
More than 50% of residential water usage is consumed outdoors. To achieve the 25% water reduction target mandated by Governor Jerry Brown and 30% by Santa Clara Valley Water District, letting the green go brown is one of the quickest ways to do so. However, the new yard does not need to be brown; a garden full of water efficient plants can be as beautiful and enjoyable as a green lawn.
Come to this week’s meeting to hear about the current status of the drought, the value of a water efficient garden, rebate programs for converting a lawn to a garden, and see photos of some beautiful water efficient gardens from around the SF Bay Area.
A viewing of the video "Over Troubled Waters" and discussion led by Rod Kirk.
We are at the crossroads of something very good happening or something very bad happening. There is a pending plan to embark upon the construction of a set of tunnels to convey water through the Delta to Southern California. Right now various county agencies throughout California are busy analyzing and gathering input and data in order to make a decision to get on board and if this is going to help with our water issues or cause even more problems. The Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) has been holding meetings in which supporters and non supporters of the plan have provided input. There are two ideas being talked about. One is called the California Water Fix and the other is referred to as California Eco Restore. They address different facits of the overall plan. SCVWD will later this year be making a decision whether to sign up for the plan and getting water from it or to not sign up and put efforts into other water related efforts to deal with our water problems. This a critical time. Every Bay Area water user needs to become educated on the details of the plan, the various reports and information being circulated, and listen to the speakers who are providing input. One of the key opponents to the plan is the Restore The Delta organization.
In this special EGG meeting, we will watch a video called "Over Troubled Waters" which was produced by the Restore The Delta organization. We will then spend some time discussing what we have learned. Come join us for an informative session.
For today's meeting we will view some portions of several videos which pertain to the areas of recycling and waste management. The Select Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling in 21st Century California convened for the first time on August 18, 2015, in Sacramento. Leaders from across the state discussed what we need to do, collaboratively, to meet the statewide goal of recycling 75% of our waste by 2020. While California does a good job collecting recyclables, we miss out on much of the economic benefits that can be generated from manufacturing new products in-state from those recyclables. According to CalRecycle, roughly 18 million tons of recyclables were exported from California seaports in 2014. Mark Murray, from Californians Against Waste, said recycling has created 125,000 green jobs in California and added billions of dollars to our economy but, he said, “We’re exporting too much of the value that can be generated from recycling.”
This week we will address the topic of employment in the Cleantech area within Silicon Valley. As the need to reduce our carbon footprint becomes more important, opportunitites in the Cleantech area are growing and becoming very important. G. John Foggiato will guide the audience through the current state of gaining employment in this area. He will cover the demographics of clean technology in Silicon Valley which includes:
LEED Certified Buildings
Electric Transport Development
He will explore other technologies including:
Wind Energy Power Generation
Wave/Ocean Energy Generation
The presentation will include examining applications and opportunities, job opportunities, sources for training, and sources of information with the technology sectors listed above. Join us for this exciting presentation.
Today we will view a video on the subject of Global Grids followed by Alex Mednick's review of the TiE Smart City Initiative.
The video was recorded at a TEDX event. The speaker is Damien Ernst. The title of his presentation is "The Global Grid for Empowering Renewable Energy". Damien presents an interesting twist on the problems associated with moving to renewable energy and some common economic obstacles which need to be looked at. It was well received by viewers and should provide some thought provoking insite.
Alex Mednick was involved with the TiE Smart City Initiative during January. They organized some very interesting competition to develop solutions to waste management, water management, and parking challenges. Alex will present information on the competition.
The Cleantech Open is ramping up their 2018 acceleration program here in the West. As in each of the past few years, their application deadline is on May 1. Click on the link to find out more about this exciting program. This may be your opportunity to make things happen! Read More
We are looking into the issue of whether or not cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are sustainable. As of this writing, the jury is still out. It is very controversial and many people do not want to touch them with a ten foot pole! Take a look at the presentation which has some good references to start your investigation. Read More
Contact us to help you save water, get design inspiration for your garden, or connect with a landscaper. We are here to help you get the water efficient garden you have always wanted and need! Read More
Learn about a great product that provides for more efficient usage of water in the landscape. The Water Saver product is now available at Home Depot. Click on the title link above to learn more about the product and where to get it! Read More
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The Agrihood Project, which is destined to be located right near the corner of Stevens Creek Blvd and Winchester in Santa Clara needs your help to ensure the project proceeds in the right direction! Please read on and get involved! Read More
This is going to be an important meeting. If you cannot show up to vocalize your opposition to the WaterFix/Delta Tunnels Plan, then you can send in your comments to be read out load. Join us! Read More
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